January 2022 Nebo PEAK Award Winners

Submitted by lana.hiskey on Wed, 01/12/2022 - 19:20
January 2022 PEAK Awards Winners & Nominators
Lydia Carreno, ESL Technician, Goshen Elementary; Nominated by: Brenda Oberg, Ben Atkin, & Amy Wells
Heidi Groneman, Facilitator, Rees Elementary; Nominated by: Adam Gull
Pamela Norton, Special Education, District Wide; Nominated by: Mike Adams & Keith Richards
Doug Talbot, Custodian, East Meadows Elementary; Nominated by: Mike Duncan
Karen Thomas, Teacher, Meadow Brook Elementary; Nominated by: Marcy Caldwell & Bethany Brown
Becky Paice, Skills Coach, Sierra Bonita Elementary; Nominated by: Kendra McPherson

January 2022 Nebo PEAK Award Winners

Nebo School District wants to showcase our Positive Energy and Kind employees. PEAK Awards are nominated by patrons and recognized by the Superintendent Staff and Nebo School Board of Education. The award is administered by the Communications and Community Relations Department. 

Lydia Carreno, ESL Technician, Goshen Elementary
Nominated by: Brenda Oberg, Ben Atkin, & Amy Wells

“Lydia is the kindest and warmest person. It has been a treasure getting to know her. She goes out of her way to help others, especially our ESL students. Lydia makes everyone feel welcome and important whenever she is around. She is an amazing cultural resource that helps unify our school and our students.” 

“Lydia helps out in so many ways here at our school. She is always looking for ways to be productive. If she isn't busy giving our students language instruction, she can be found helping in kindergarten or tutoring one of our students fresh from Peru. She works so hard, always staying busy.” 

“Lydia is always looking out for other people. One of our staff was unwell, and Lydia was the one who came to her aid. She saw a need and she filled it. That is the kind of employee Lydia is.”

“Lydia is so willing to help. Even when she isn't at work, she finds a way to contribute to our school. We needed a note translated into Spanish. Even though she was traveling, Lydia called in the assistance of her family to translate the letter for us. Lydia goes above and beyond in everything she is asked to do.” 

“The Latin community in Goshen relies on Lydia. They know they can count on her to help them communicate. Because of her amazing relationships she has built with parents, she can be open and honest with them even when the message is hard to hear.”

“We all love Lydia, and she is an amazing part of our school.”

Heidi Groneman, Facilitator, Rees Elementary
Nominated by: Adam Gull

“For three years now, Heidi has made a huge impact in the lives of students and faculty at Rees Elementary. Heidi's ‘Never-Quit,’ ‘Git-R-Done,’ ‘Farm-Girl’ attitude; and her never ending motor keeps Rees moving along. Each year, Heidi strives to service as many kids as possible in our intervention programs. She works tirelessly to train and build rapport with technicians to help students improve their reading skills. Heidi is always there to help and make sure students are cared for and getting the service the students  need and deserve. Heidi is a light to many and has a way that lets others know she is there for them.”

Pamela Norton, Special Education, District Wide
Nominated by: Mike Adams & Keith Richards

“This past summer, we had not only one teacher quit a month before school started, but two! And they were both special education teachers. One teacher couldn't begin until a week into the school year. We were in a pickle!!! Out of nowhere, Pamela Norton came to us a couple of weeks before school started. She, along with help from others, cleaned up the room and stocked and equipped the classroom with all the necessary items. Pamela cleaned up files and made sure everything was in order for the new teacher.  She truly made this brand new teacher be ready and comfortable in her new position. It was miraculous! Pamela is an angel sent directly from the almighty when we needed her.” ~Mike Adams

“Pamela is awesome! She came in and helped our new teacher get going. Pamela would meet with her on the weekend and help her get all set up in her classroom. Pamela is great!” ~Keith Richards

Doug Talbot, Custodian, East Meadows Elementary
Nominated by: Mike Duncan

“Doug demonstrates positive energy and kindness each day that he is at school. He always makes an effort to make East Meadows a fun place to be. The students adore him and the staff loves his sense of humor. Doug will do anything for anyone at any time. He takes great pride in our school and works tirelessly to keep the grounds clean and the school running smoothly. Mr. Talbot has an amazing connection with his sweeper crew. They love him and work extremely hard for him because they know that he cares about them. Often, he is seen cooking them a Dutch oven meal or bringing them a treat. We really are so lucky to have Mr. Talbot as our custodian. We love you Blue!

Karen Thomas, Teacher, Meadow Brook Elementary
Nominated by: Marcy Caldwell & Bethany Brown

“Karen is not only a third-grade teacher but a team lead, and coaching mentor. She goes above and beyond in each area. Karen leads with kindness and builds the capacity of all those she interacts with.” ~Marcy Caldwell

“Karen is one of our technology specialists at our school and has gone above and beyond in this assignment. She teaches others one-on-one how to be a more effective teacher. Karen sends out surveys to find out what teachers want to learn about with technology. Karen is available around the clock to answer questions. She comes into our classrooms to train, answer questions, and be a kind and genuine friend to all the employees at our school.” ~Bethany Brown

Becky Paice, Skills Coach, Sierra Bonita Elementary
Nominated by: Kendra McPherson

“Becky ALWAYS goes above and beyond for our staff and most importantly our students. The students she works with know without a doubt that she cares about them, their happiness, and their academic success. She can often be found researching new lesson plans, books, and activities relating to anything her current students need. She is wonderful to have at our school.”

This initiative is designed to focus on "raising the bar" on providing exceptional customer service, both internally and externally. A key component of this initiative is the development of the PEAK Award. The PEAK (Positive Energy and Kindness) Award is presented monthly to someone in the Nebo School District who "really gets it" when it comes to providing exceptional customer service, which in turn results in positive impacts on everyone including students, parents, co-workers and members of the community.

Who Gets Nominated?
Faculty and staff members are nominated by anyone in the community through the Nebo School District website, www.nebo.edu/PEAK wherein a special Customer Service link is provided. The directions as to how to nominate an employee for the PEAK Awards are clearly spelled out on the site. All nominations must include information on how the individual has provided exceptional customer service, as well as how the employee's actions impacted the nominator's overall perception of Nebo School District Schools. The name and contact information of the nominator must be included.

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By Lana Hiskey